SHERIDAN — Enrollment and degree completion numbers are at record highs for Sheridan College since Dr. Paul Young took over as president in June 2010, and now his salary will reflect that fact.
During the Northern Wyoming Community College District board of trustees meeting in Gillette Thursday Young’s contract was extended another year and his salary was increased to be on par with national averages.
Other than a 2 percent raise all state employees received in the last school year, Young has not received a raise since being promoted to president from Vice President of Gillette College.
Now in his fifth academic year, Young’s base salary will increase to $185,000, effective Jan. 1, 2015, from his current rate of $170,340.
According to the American Association of Community Colleges, the average salary for presidents of two-year multi-campus college districts is $184,000 and board chair Kati Sherwood felt the board needed to remain competitive with that average to retain Young’s services.
“There’s a huge competition for college presidents; as a matter of fact next year here in Wyoming there will be two vacancies, and we would very much like to retain Dr. Young because he is doing a great job,” Sherwood said. “Paul is a pretty amazing person — he’s personable, driven, smart, he’s so many things — but I think he really has that leadership quality where persons with the board of trustees, his faculty and staff and his administrative team, we’ve all put together a plan for the college over the years and he’s wonderful at making sure the necessary steps to implement that plan are taken.”
Young has a three-year retention contract, currently set to expire in June 2017.
The contract is reviewed and re-issued annually, upon approval, essentially adding a year by issuing a new three-year contract, this one valid for July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018.
“I’m succeeding at all the goals they’ve set for me, so I think it’s recognition for that, and I’m certainly grateful and thankful to be in a place where I’m able to do the job,” Young said. “It’s a great community and a great college, and I look forward to many more years of providing leadership.”
The decision was made following a lengthy evaluation in October and an executive session in Gillette Thursday.
The NWCCD board of trustees meets once annually in Campbell County and once annually in Johnson County in order to get out and see the district’s service counties.
Young said they try not to do too much business while off-site so the brief meeting consisted mostly of report sharing; however, trustee Bruce Hoffman presented — on behalf of the nominating committee consisting of himself, Vice Chair Norleen Healy and trustee Walter Wragge — a recommended slate of officers for the upcoming year of service.
The committee recommended Sherwood, Healy and treasurer Robert Leibrich each retain their current positions on the board and Wragge take over for current secretary Jerry Iekel.
The slate was approved, and the officers will be voted upon during the December board meeting for final approval.
In other business:
• The board approved a Bond Resolution and related Ground Lease, Facilities Lease, Access Easement, Indenture and Leasehold Mortgage, authorizing the issuance by the NWCCD Building Authority of $4.5 million in lease revenue bonds. The principal and interest on these bonds is fully funded by a $31.9 million 10-year grant from Whitney Benefits. This was the first of three bond package approvals needed regarding funding of upcoming projects at the college.
• The December meeting of the board of trustees was moved to Dec. 11, and the March 2015 meeting was moved to March 12.
• Members of the board toured the new alternative high school in Gillette prior to the meeting and received a private performance from the student group Energy City Voices during a dinner after the meeting.
• Trustees who attended the annual Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress in Chicago at the end of October reported on the sessions they attended.
• The administration presented the annual NWCCD Fast Facts, a report on economic contributions, public funding by county, number of employees, student demographics, completion numbers and more.